Media Protests Police Handling of the Michael Brown case

Protests in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting, ,
Protests in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting, ,

Nearly 50 media outlets both liberal and conservative the sent a letter to law enforcement authorities in Ferguson, Missouri, on Friday to protest the police’s treatment of reporters and ask for greater transparency regarding the death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American who was shot and killed by police.

How diverse were the news outlets?

This might have been the first time in history that Fox News and The New Yorker ever agreed on anything. Here is a a paragraph from the letter sent to the Ferguson Police on Friday.

“As organizations that cover news and defend the rights of journalists to gather the news, we write to express our deep concern over the unwarranted detention of two journalists on Wednesday and with other reports of police intimidation and harassment of journalists in Ferguson,” the letter states. “It is also extremely troubling that the police have not been more timely in releasing the records surrounding these incidents and the shooting of Michael Brown.”

The full letter and list of signatories can be read HERE…

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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved with Berman Concerts and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.